[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Halen[/lastfm] is gearing up to record their first album with original front-man, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Lee Roth[/lastfm], since 1984’s “1984“. Rolling Stone is reporting that the band has signed with Interscope Records for a deal which includes recording, touring, marketing, and merchandising.
Excuse us for a moment as we “Dance The Night Away“!
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sammy Hagar[/lastfm] replaced David Lee Roth in 1985. And on their last album, “Van Halen III” (1998) [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gary Cherone[/lastfm] was featured on vocals.
Van Halen toured in 2007 and 2008 with Roth back as the front-man.
The news was first broken by the Hollywood Reporter, which reported that the Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine was personally involved in the negotiations with the band.
The Hollywood Reporter source is quoted saying, “He heard the band was available and wanted to work with them. It was decided at the eleventh hour.”
It had been rumored that the band might be signing with Columbia, but Roth had problems about a label based on the East Coast.
It had been reported that Van Halen would be performing at the Grammy Foundation’s nomination event later this month, however Rolling Stone is now reporting that they will not be appearing.
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